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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe Uncontained

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Satellite image of the surface level structure of SCP-XXXX, taken during a 1947 Foundation lunar survey.

Special Containment Procedures: The remote location and relatively benign nature of SCP-XXXX makes any on-site containment procedures unnecessary. The above-ground area of SCP-XXXX is currently covered by a prefabricated structure designed to prevent further degradation of the site and its contents from meteorite impact. This structure is camouflaged in order to conceal SCP-XXXX during attempts to photograph the lunar surface via satellite. All evidence of SCP-XXXX has also been removed from currently existing documentation on the surface of the far side of the moon, and SCP-XXXX is currently on the list of sites removed from any public information available on the lunar surface1. SCP-XXXX is also currently remotely monitored for any new damage from meteorite impacts by the foundation lunar monitoring satellite Debussy2.

As of 11/02/1988, Archaeological digs and in particular excavations into rock strata dating from the 260.4 ± 0.7 and 251.0 ± 0.4 MYA timeframe during which SCP-XXXX is assumed to have been in use have been monitored for further SCP-XXXX related materials under the Foundation's standard Data Watchlist system. Similarly, new information concerning extraterrestrial life is checked for data pertaining to SCP-XXXX and SCP-XXXX-1.

To date, no new information on SCP-XXXX has been found.

Description: SCP-XXXX was first brought to the Foundation's attention during initial Foundation surveys of the far side of the moon in 1959 via satellite photography, but technological limitations meant it was first investigated in the survey of lunar sites of interest in 1972 (Operation Melies). After an initial exploration of the site, a followup operation to record the contents of SCP-XXXX and extract any important contents was carried out in 1974 (Operation Columbiad).

SCP-XXXX is a ruined structure located on the far side of the moon. The site has been significantly damaged by meteorite impacts with only trace remains existing above ground, necessitating the construction of a protective structure to prevent the continuing deterioration of the structure and preserve the remaining contents of the site. Subsurface intact structures consist of an elevator shaft, seven rooms containing dilapidated objects variously assumed to be furniture, mechanical and electrical equipment, and two adjoining corridors.

The vast majority of the contents of the site have deteriorated to the point of collapse or are otherwise nonfunctioning, making the purpose of SCP-XXXX difficult to discern. Its creators (termed SCP-XXXX-1) are unknown, but presumed to be extraterrestrial3. Noteworthy is a collection of twenty-eight pieces of physical documentation still intact on printed sheets of a flexible, semitransparent, synthetic material4, termed SCP-XXXX-2. seventeen of these documents are comprised entirely of text in a currently (as of 23/11/2014) untranslatable script, but the remaining eleven documents contain pictographic and photographic information.

Important documents in this collection are 2-4 (a collection of cartographic projections and photographs (taken from orbit) of the entire planet) and 2-9 (a landscape photograph containing several identifiable species of flora and fauna), which would date SCP-XXXX at roughly two-hundred and fifty-two million years old (252 MYA); 2-1, an aerial photograph of extensive earthworks and several large structures in a large tract of desert; and 2-19 and 2-4, maps which indicate a region of the Permian supercontinent Pangaea corresponding to present-day Siberia.

as of 15/09/1977, given the facility's apparent total abandonment and the lack of further information on either SCP-XXXX or SCP-XXXX-1, SCP-XXXX has been classified as safe and research on it has been suspended pending any further developments.

ADDENDUM: RESEARCH REOPENED ON O5 ORDERS (02/02/2001)

In light of recent palaeontological and geological discoveries concerning the role of volcanic activity in Siberia in the end-Permian mass extinction event, research on SCP-XXXX has been resumed.